Erasable Notebook FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
In this article we'll list all the questions about erasable notebooks. And of course you will receive the right answer! Are you missing any questions? Feel free to mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add your question to the article!
What is an erasable notebook?
An erasable notebook is a notebook that allows you to erase the text (the ink) from the pages. After that, you can write on the page again. It's that simple!
There are various providers, both national and international. The largest national companies currently are Bambook, Correctbook, Greenbook and MOYU.
How does an erasable notebook work?
This differs per brand and per notebook. For example, there are erasable notebooks made of whiteboard material: writing and erasing is then comparable to writing and erasing on a whiteboard. You'll often write with a marker and you can erase the ink with a cloth, or sometimes a (water) spray.
There are also erasable notebooks made of stone paper, such as those by MOYU. This paper is made of limestone and feels more like pulp paper, though firmer and smoother. You write on the paper with a Frixion pen or marker of your choice and you can erase the ink with a damp cloth.
You can also choose to digitize your notes before you erase the ink. Some brands of erasable notebooks have developed their own scanning app, others refer to scanning apps that already exist. Read more about our favorite free scanning apps here.
So in a nutshell, an erasable notebook works like this:
Step 1: Write with your pen or marker
Step 2: After an average of 10-20 seconds, the ink is completely dry
Step 3: If you want to save your notes, scan and digitize them with a scan app
Step 4: If you want to delete your notes, do so with a (damp) cloth and the (potentially) supplied spray
Step 5: Once the page is dry, you can write again!
How long does an erasable notebook last?
That really depends on the brand, the type of erasable notebook and of course how often you use it (and… how well you handle it). On average, you can assume that an erasable notebook can be used up to a few hundred times.
With whiteboard notebooks, you may notice that the ink is more difficult to erase and/or that stains remain after some time.
With stone paper notebooks, the ink does not 'stick' as well at a certain point and you will have to press a little harder on the stone paper.
Is an erasable notebook also circular?
An erasable notebook is not necessarily the same as a circular or sustainable notebook.
There are many sustainable notebooks that are made of 100% circular material, such as plant residues or limestone. However, not every material lends itself to an erasable notebook. Read carefully on the company's website and look for quality marks that indicate that the material is easily recyclable, such as the Cradle-to-Cradle certificate.
What are the benefits of an erasable notebook?
Various studies point to the benefits of writing by hand. It improves your memory, you can process information better and you increase your concentration and focus. Thanks to an erasable notebook, you can enjoy these benefits without guilt and without negative impact on nature, unlike pulp paper notebooks (which at some point are full and have to be thrown away).
You can combine writing by hand and working digitally very well. With your computer you work faster and by writing by hand you create more overview, focus and brain activity. So... that's combining the best of both worlds!
The unique thing about an erasable notebook is that you can completely erase the notes you have made. This way, you start every day with a clean page and therefore with more overview and peace of mind.
In addition, an erasable notebook provides:
- Preventing single use paper
- More overview in your notebook
- Work more efficiently and productively
- Benefits of writing by hand
- Wonderfully tidy feeling thanks to erasing
What are the disadvantages of an erasable notebook?
There are few disadvantages to mention, except for two things:
1. You may be very attached to 'pulp/regular paper' and do not want to deviate from it. An erasable notebook always feels a little different from the standard notebooks – you may have to get used to that.
2. You may not want to wait for the ink to dry, which sometimes takes a little longer. This also varies by brand, but the average erasable notebook takes a little more time when it comes to drying the ink.
What are normal prices for an erasable notebook?
On average, you can expect to pay between 20 and 40 euros for an erasable notebook. This of course differs per size, material and brand.
Where can I buy an erasable notebook?
Search for "erasable notebook" on Google and you'll find plenty of options! These are the most famous brands in the Netherlands:
Each brand has its own unique characteristics, materials, prices and mission. The great thing about this list is that we all support a mission or (green) project. We therefore advise you to read the mission statements carefully – unless it is not important to you, of course.
Erasable notebook: yay or nay?
An erasable notebook may still sound a bit awkward, but we wouldn't be surprised if it becomes the norm within 1-2-3 years. Or at least it should be! This way we can stop unnecessary paper waste and preserve precious forests and ecosystems. How and with which erasable notebook... that's up to you.
Read about the different providers and ask for experiences from people around you. You might want to try one of their erasable notebooks! You can also go to a physical store to try the product there. For example,